Global climate change is the most serious environmental challenge facing Pennsylvania and yet, Pennsylvania remains the third highest carbon emitting state in the country. We’re already seeing its effects here. By 2050, average temperatures will increase by at least 3°C, meaning Philadelphia’s climate will feel more like Richmond, VA and Pittsburgh’s climate more like Washington, D.C. Longer and harsher droughts and heat waves will put the most vulnerable populations at risk. State precipitation is predicted to increase by 14 percent, resulting in more runoff and soil erosion. Sea level rise will flood entire neighborhoods in southeast Pennsylvania. And higher numbers of extreme storms, such as hurricanes, snow storms, and flooding will impact communities across the Commonwealth.
Our goal is to advocate for investments in strategies that help us prepare for the impacts of climate change and for a swift transition to a clean energy economy that works for all our communities and reduces the harmful pollution created by burning fossil fuels.